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Vietnam wins seat on UN Security Council for 2020-2021 tenure

Released at: 13:28, 08/06/2019

Vietnam wins seat on UN Security Council for 2020-2021 tenure

Members of the Vietnamese delegation rejoice over the country's election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021 on June 7 (Photo: VNA)

With near unanimous approval, Vietnam has secured a seat on the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member for the 2020-2021 tenure.

by Nghi Do

Vietnam has become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2020-2021 tenure.

The only candidate in the Asia-Pacific region, Vietnam received 192 votes out of the 193 member countries and territories in the UN General Assembly on June 7 at a meeting of the Assembly’s 73rd session in New York.

This is the second time the country has been elected as a non-permanent member of the UNSC, after the first in 2008-2009. A candidate needs to secure at least 129 votes to win the seat.

Vietnam will replace Kuwait as a non-permanent member, starting from January 1, 2020. Among the six candidates, two were from Africa, one from Latin America, one from Eastern Europe, and one, Vietnam, from Asia-Pacific.

Gaining a seat on the UNSC is an opportunity for countries to enhance their profile in the international arena and propose and participate in deciding important issues related to the region and the world.

Speaking to the media right after the election, Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung thanked the international community for its support and pledged that Vietnam will play a constructive and responsible role at the UNSC.

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong appreciated the UN members’ support and expressed his belief that Vietnam will fulfill the role as a trusted partner for sustained peace.

The UNSC is one of the six major UN organs, comprising 15 members, including five permanent members with veto rights and ten members serving two-year tenures and without veto rights. As per the UN Charter, it is the only UN organ to have the right to assess threats to peace and propose or decide on measures to maintain or restore global peace and security.

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